The Need for Nitrogen in Albany Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously covered the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might figure, though, judging from the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. Noble Gas Solutions, your Albany PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for instance, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms generally use nitrogen in a practice dubbed blanketing to help maintain or upgrade the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is replace oxygen with nitrogen immediately before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other kinds of materials. Nitrogen maintains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transport. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products commonly packaged with nitrogen.

Given that nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled negligently.

Additionally, nitrogen blanketing is used to reduce the presence of oxygen – and therefore the possibility of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually make use of nitrogen generators to control the level of oxygen in the workplace seeing as how generators are more handily and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Fulfilling the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Albany has been a main concern of ours at Noble Gas Solutions from the beginning. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas pros to help identify which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.